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And in a related story, this Suffolk prof was busted for watchin porn while administerin an exam.

BOSTON -- A Suffolk University professor is under investigation by university officials following accusations of alleged pornographic misconduct.

According to Emily Macdonald, a student in the class, Professor Luis Garcia, allegedly watched porn on his computer, which was unknowingly connected to a monitor that was behind him.

The class ended half an hour following the display, and the students never tried to intervene.

According to a Suffolk University spokesperson, the school is taking "appropriate steps to investigate and resolve any concerns, (Garcia) has been suspended with pay until the review is complete."

Everybody qualifies for stafford loans, so the answer would be none.  

Private loans I've seen generally seem to be in the prime+1 to prime+2 range, assuming good credit, which would make them 8.4%-9.4% these days.  

Stafford, right now, is about 5.5 I think, but that changes every year in july (tied to the T-bill rate or something like that).

I know of a similar program in Massachusetts, so these programs may exist everywhere.  The one here is only applicable if you're a first time homebuyer, and there are some income restrictions, though they're generous (I think its 70K per year or something). 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying a suit for law school, The Q and A thread.
« on: March 09, 2006, 12:51:39 PM »
Sorry peoples, I am 100% man.

Sorry dude, bad guess on my part.  As far as this discussion goes though, I still don't think its taking things overboard.  Most of the guys I know (and most of the attorneys I know) don't give much thought to their appearances.  So when we're told to wear business attire, its time to circle the wagons and brainstorm.  I think a lot has been accomplished here. 

BTW I think you're dead on with the bow-ties.  I've managed enough people who weren't interested in being managed.  Usually that sort of personality will come out in an interview - at least a good interviewer would get to it - but I'd still be wary of a bow-tie wearer. 

As a side note on suits and appearances and what-not.  I work for a small firm - 10 attorneys, 7 are men.  Of the 7 men, 3 are slobs and 3 aren't slobs, but aren't otherwise particularly well dressed.  The only one who is a spiffy dresser is also the only one with biglaw experience.  I'm not sure if that says that biglaw goes after spiffy dressers or if spiffy dressers feel drawn to biglaw.  Probably neither, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. 

Financial Aid / Re: Has Anyone Been Offered a FinAid Package Yet?
« on: March 09, 2006, 09:50:06 AM »
I got an envelope from Suffolk's financial aid office yesterday and was real excited.  i was devastated to find a letter inside saying they couldn't process my application due to some discrepency between my Suffolk Fin aid application and my FAFSA.  So I filled out the new form and faxed it to them and called the lady and was assured that I'd still be considered as having my application in before March 1 (priority filing date) but I'm still pretty bummed out. 

They couldn't tell me what the discrepency was.  What a headache.  Different forms ask similar questions differently, like one form asked my monthly mortgage payment and another just asked my monthly payment for my home - well my mortgage is one amount, but when you take homeowners insurance and property taxes into consideration, my monthly payment is like $400 more.  Stuff like that.  Pain in my butt.  Keeping my fingers crossed for some money.   

The *vast* majority of companies do not pay you when you are taking maternity leave. I am shocked to hear that there is one, and curious to know what is the name of that company?  ;)

Interestingly, my wife would have been paid.  The company didn't pay here while she was out, but they would have paid her for that time, upon her return (actually, something like 6 months later). 

No, she didn't wait until the last minute, but it was getting close; I think she told them 2-3 weeks before her return date. 

I'm not denying that some people abuse the system - I've seen it myself.  But I'm telling you that this isn't a black or white thing - there are lots of grays here. 

I would never move for school.  My life is here.  My parent, my wife's parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, they're all here.  Why would I go somewhere else? 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying a suit for law school, The Q and A thread.
« on: March 09, 2006, 09:00:33 AM »
She (if it was indeed a she) gave good advice. I don't see any reason for the hostility.

That was intended to be humorous.  Such things don't translate well into text.  (yes, I was poking fun at women, but I don't consider that hostile)

I've seen countless examples, unfortunately, of women taking a job, working for a few months before announcing a pregnancy, taking the 3 month maternity leave, then up and announcing the week before they were to return that they had decided to stay home.  That drives me freaking batty.

The fact is, you can't snap your fingers and be pregnant.  I'd never advise a woman not to take a job just because she was trying to get pregnant - it could take years to actually have success.  And as far as taking the maternity leave and then deciding to stay home?  My wife planned on going back to work all along.  But after a month, she realized she couldn't leave her baby.  I didn't blame her, nor should anybody else.  A woman who choses to sacrifice her career and her life to raise her childeren has made a noble decision and should be applauded. 

Obviously neither of these things are fair to the employers.  But thats pretty much been my point all along - life isn't fair.  And perhaps that is why mothers (and some unfortunate mother age married women) are treated differently in the workplace.  And that isn't fair either.  But that is life.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying a suit for law school, The Q and A thread.
« on: March 08, 2006, 02:36:21 PM »

Are you a man or a woman?

I'm guessing woman.  And since most women (that I know) I know own more pairs of shoes than most men I know own pants, I'm going to have to put a stop to this.  I don't know anything about you personally, lady, but to speak in general terms, for a women to tell a group of men they're going overboard on any fashion related issue is ridiculous. 

When we start worrying if our wallet matches our shoes, you can tell us we've gone overboard.  When we start wearing painful shoes just because they look good even though we couldn't speedwalk a city block in them, then you can tell us we've gone overboard.  When we start paying people $$$ to paint our nails AND TOES, then you can tell us we've gone overboard.   Until that time comes, just be grateful that we're taking an interest in our appearances AT ALL. 

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